Immigration agents detained more than 120,000 migrants in 2022

Cuban migrants found in a trailer in Coahuila in March.

The event that is being presented in this article is the amount of migrants that have been detained by agents at the southern border in 2022. The National Immigration Institute (INM) has come out with statements on the increase of immigration detainment within the past year. It is quoted that 4,000 migrants crossed the southern border everdar in 2021 on average which is a 44.5% increase from 2020. Additionally they break down where these immigrants are coming from, it is quoted that out of 115,379 migrants detained in April, 109,184 were from Central America, South America, and the Caribbean,and 6,188 were from Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania. In April they also released the information that in the period of 4 days their agents had detained 5,688 migrants and 200 of which were unaccompanied children. Lastly they include in the article the main factors that are causing people to migrate, the main one being that the refugee agencies in Mexico have been unable to process flood or asylum applications leaving migrants stranded some of which are waiting for over a year to be processed. 

The author of this essay is clearly highly passionate about the matter, as seen by their emphasis on the fatalities and particular details, which help the reader understand the issue’s effects on migrants more clearly. The perspective is largely neutral when expressing the data that has been made public by the INM, but it takes a stronger stance when mentioning the primary causes of the migration and the consequences it has had on those individuals. The author primarily contains data about the  conflict with COMAR, the Mexican government’s refugee agency, and the fatalities and injuries caused by illegal immigration efforts in one city alone in Mexico towards the end of the piece.

The quantity of migrants entering and those being arrested serves as significant quantitative evidence in this piece. As well as the breakup of the nations they are departing and the fatalities that have happened to some while migrating. Due to the lack of depth in their data and their preference for sharing only a small portion of data from a single source, the author does not adhere to the Purdue OLW guidelines for writing with statistics. I believe that the data is just enough to grab the reader’s attention, but adding more sources and specific information on the places where the migrants are coming from will improve the article’s quantitative proof.

The article’s qualitative evidence is informative, however it is constrained by how few sources were employed to back up the authors’ claims. The headline uses a quote from the INM, and the rest of the article exclusively bases its arguments on information from the INM. Meaning that they just use one point of backing, which is not a very sufficient or strong qualitative position, when they start to underline the fatalities and sufferings that are happening to these migrants.I believe if the journalist had included an additional two to three more sources that had similar quantitative and qualitative data it would benefit the article in numerous ways.  

Overall, I found this essay to be interesting and informative, although I would have liked to see more references utilized to support the arguments. As it highlighted migration and the detention of migrants, mostly focusing on the significant quantity coming from Central America, South America, and Haiti, which is quite relevant to our class. Specifically going into detail on how immigration from these regions to the United States has only dramatically grown in the last year and that, despite an increase in the number of immigrants who are being detained, overall immigration has also climbed overlapping with much of our lessons in class. 


“Immigration agents detained more than 120,000 migrants in 2022” MND Staff April 26, 2022

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